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The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.
Here and there an image of spectral beauty, assisted by the 3-D technology, floats into view and captures our imagination. But the script, which really should've been called "Sanctimonium," has a serious case of the bends.
When it isn't killing off its characters one by one during a cave-diving expedition gone wrong, "Sanctum" resembles a Hemingway short story without the story part. Or an episode of "Flipper" without the dolphin.
Under such circumstances, the actors can't wholly be blamed for awkward line readings -- but Roxburgh's gruff, tough mutterings are as ludicrous as Wakefield's nasal efforts to sound deep and meaningful.
The whole thing works best if you are mildly claustrophobic, since the divers frequently have to force themselves and their gear through appallingly tight spaces with no guarantee that things are going to be much brighter on the other side.